With the release date for the first 2009 Lincoln Cent design quickly approaching, I wanted to write a post with some updated information.
The release date for the first design has been known for many months. It is planned for February 12, 2009, which will be the exact day of the 200th anniversary of Lincoln’s birth. This will also be the first day of release for the 2009 Lincoln Commemorative Silver Dollar.
To my knowledge, the US Mint has still not provided an official release schedule for all 2009 Lincoln Cent designs. However, I did find release dates published on a Federal Reserve Bank site, which were noted as potentially subject to change. These dates are included below, along with recently released 2009 Lincoln Cent coin images. For any updates check 2009 Lincoln Cent Release Dates.
Many collectors have been asking whether the US Mint will offer rolls and bags of 2009 Lincoln Cents packaged for collectors. It still appears that bags and rolls will not be offered. Bags and rolls do not appear on the US Mint’s product release schedule and there has been no announcement of these products.
The US Mint has announced a 2009 Lincoln Five Coin Set, which will included the four 2009 Proof Lincoln Cents and the 2009 Proof Lincoln Commemorative Silver Dollar. These sets will be limited to 50,000. The pricing and release date has not yet been announced.
Another common question about the 2009 Lincoln Cents is related to the 95% copper versions of the coins that will be produced for collectors. So far the only information the US Mint has released has been to indicate that the 95% copper 2009 Lincoln Cents will be included “in the United States Mint’s annual product offerings.” Presumably this means they will be included in the US Mint’s 2009 Proof Sets and Mint Sets.